2017-2018 Friends of Music Concerto & Aria Winners

The Friends of Music at Washington University are proud to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 Friends of Music Concerto and Aria Competition:
Jolie Ho, violin -  performing on Friday March 2, 2018 - Max Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26, 1st mvmt 
Lisa Gorham, flute - performing on Sunday April 29, 2018 - Otar Gordeli, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 8

Honorable Mention:
Nathan Yee, guitar; Fantasía para un gentilhombre by Joaquín Rodrigo 
Jolie Ho is a senior with majors in Biology and Psychology, and a minor in Drama. She began playing violin at age six and studied under Guo Xiao Xia of China’s Central Conservatory of Music. She obtained her Music Performance Diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) in 2011. Jolie has traveled internationally to perform in the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) Honor Orchestra in cities such as Singapore, Shanghai, London, Beijing, Brussels, and Dusseldorf.

Since arriving at WashU, she has studied with Jane Price of the WashU Department of Music and Joo Kim of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Jolie has been a member of the Washington University Symphony Orchestra since 2014, and currently serves as co-concertmaster. Outside of music, Jolie is the president of WashU’s experimental theatre group, Thyrsus, and an undergraduate researcher in a hematology lab at the WashU School of Medicine.
Lisa Gorham, a junior at Wash U, has been playing the flute since the age of nine and currently studies with Jennifer Nitchman of the St. Louis Symphony. She is the Principal Flautist in Wash U’s Symphony Orchestra and has played in chamber music groups with both other woodwinds and string players during her time at Wash U. In Spring 2017, Lisa received the WUSTL Friends of Music Award. In April 2016, she won first prize in the Flute Society of St. Louis’s Young Artist Competition, while studying under Mark Sparks. In high school, Lisa was Co-Principal Flautist of the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra (New Haven, CT) for three years, and studied under Naomi Senzer. In May 2015, Lisa performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra after winning the orchestra’s concerto competition. She also attended Greenwood Music Camp in Cummington, Mass. for five summers, where she studied under Christina Jennings. Since coming to college, she has worked at Greenwood Music Camp for two summers. Outside of music, Lisa also runs for Wash U’s Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams, which won two national championships in 2017. Lisa is majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience and hopes to pursue a career in psychiatry after graduation. 
Jolie Ho (left); Lisa Gorham (right)